Volume 4 | December 17, 2021
Hey Stockton!

It’s hard to believe that 2021 is already coming to an end. We have been through a lot this past year, but we’ve weathered it together. Thank you for electing me to serve you as Mayor, and know that it has been an absolute honor for me. Stockton has my heart, and I am looking forward to the work we will accomplish for our city in 2022. Merry Christmas Stockton and Happy New Year, I pray your families are safe and are blessed this holiday season.

-Mayor Kevin J. Lincoln II
Shelter and Aid:
The City of Stockton partnered with local non-profits & community based organizations to address the needs surrounding homelessness in our community. Some highlights include:
  • Expanded housing for transitional age homeless/at-risk youth through the Catalyst program at the Children's Home of Stockton
  • Supported the Housing Authority (HACSJ) in launching a Landlord incentive program to assist with rental availability for housing choice voucher holders
  • Provided over $35 million in rental and utility relief to 3,682 Stockton families through our Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • Authorized Project Homekey partnerships and project proposals including 83 units that will provide shelter and wrap-around services to domestic violence victims and homeless youth and families
  • Celebrated the opening of Turnpike and Sutter Commons, a multi-agency partnership providing 11 Modular Home Units for homeless families transitioning out of shelters
  • Homeless Outreach Teams (H.O.T.) Teams conducted weekly outreach to encampments throughout Stockton
Clean City Initiative:
Since January 2021, through a partnership between City of Stockton Public Works, PD, and Fire, with Waste Management, Republic Services, Greater Valley Conservation Corps, & many community based organizations and volunteers, we have:
  • Removed 2.9 million pounds of debris and trash.
  • Provided 11 Free Community Recycling events throughout Stockton, mitigating illegal dumping in our city.
Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Openings:
We've celebrated several ribbon cuttings and grand openings in 2021, many of which are lifelong Stockton residents watching their dreams of entrepreneurship come true. We are excited for the continued business growth to come, and will support our local small businesses along the way!
Education and Workforce Development:
We've partnered with our local institutions for higher learning, school districts, trades & apprenticeship organizations, and community partners to ensure our youth have career pathways that lead to livable wage jobs in Stockton. City Council accepted a $4.3 million Californians For All Youth Workforce Development Grant that will provide many jobs and career pathway opportunities for our transitional age youth in Stockton. We also celebrated with our community partners on the launch of Child Savings Accounts for 2,000 children ages 3-4, who received a $750 down payment/deposit for college or trade school when they turn 18.
Public Safety:
As of November 2021, our crime stats report that homicides are down 23% year over year with 36 homicides in 2021, compared to 47 in 2020. Non-fatal shootings are up 21% year over year, with 146 non-fatal shootings in 2021 compared to 121 in 2020. Stockton PD and the Office of Violence Prevention are continuing their steadfast efforts to reduce crime in Stockton, and City Council is committed to pursuing policy efforts that will reduce violence and remove illegal guns from our streets.
We would like to honor and thank Chief Eric Jones for 29 years of service to the Stockton Police Department and community, and wish him well as he embarks on a new season of retirement at the end of this month!
Community Events:
We have enjoyed connecting with residents of Stockton throughout the year, and look forward to many more opportunities to engage with you in 2022!
Trees, Game Courts, & Parks:
City Council committed $3.4 million in funding for the completion of park and tree improvement projects:
  • 1,448 tree stumps have been removed
  • 261 trees have been removed
  • 25 park game courts resurfaced, w/ 33 total planned
  • A cricket pitch installation at Anderson Park
  • Stribley field re-lighting project has begun
  • 4 parks receiving replacement playground equipment
Initiatives & Plans:
City Council allocated $3.3 million for devices and hotspot disbursement to underserved households in Stockton that lack internet access, and for whom affordability is out of reach. Up to 2,300 qualified households, including an estimated 500 senior households, will receive a free hotspot capable of serving multiple users, one free computer, and three years of free Wi-Fi services. The City also plans to expand public wi-fi across Stockton and expand broadband/connectivity in digital deserts throughout our disadvantaged communities.
City of Stockton Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Event:
We were so grateful to celebrate the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting with you this year! It was a beautiful evening of friends, family, snow, food, and lights, that truly ushered in the Christmas spirit in downtown Stockton. We look forward to enjoying this tradition next year, and hope Stockton families will enjoy this special time together for many years to come!